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Songs of the Late Charles Dibdin; With A Memoir - T. Dibdin (Compiler), G. Cruikshank (Illustrator)

1850 - Henry G. Bohn, London - Third Edition
‘I be one of they sailors who think ‘tis no lie,
That for every wherefore of life there’s a why,
That fortune’s strange weather, a calm or a squall,
Our berths, good or bad, are chalk’d out for us all.’

A melodious collection of patriotic sea songs, composed by British writer and dramatist, Charles Dibdin, who according to
The Spectator in 1863 is considered to be ‘the only man who ever wrote sea songs that accurately delineate the sailor’s peculiarities of disposition’. Delightfully illustrated with several full page engravings, including frontispiece, by George Cruikshank, and featuring a memoir of Charles Dibdin, Addenda by Thomas Dibdin, Songs from the Works of the Charles Dibdin the younger, and a list of subscribers. 
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Architectura Navalis - bound with - Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua - Josephum Furttenbach, Georg Andreas Böckler [Boeckler]

1629 - Johan Saurn, Ulm - First Editions
A stunning, clean and complete copy of Joseph Furttenbach’s famous treaty on shipbuilding, Architectura Navalis with double-page engraved title, title in red and black, twenty stunning double-page engraved plates showing boat design, and various types of boats many engaged in action with other boats and monsters of the sea. Furttenbach was a highly influential German architect, who attempted to cover all fields of architecture in his writings. Böckler corresponded with Furttenbach and his works on architecture were intended to contribute to the rebuilding of Germany after the devastation of the Thirty Years War, his Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua presents a comparative treatment of the Orders [Architectural Styles] and is illustrated with forty engraved plates, woodcut printer’s device and red and black text to title page, woodcut head pieces, and initials.  
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The Three Lieutenants, or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century - W. H. G. Kingston

1897 - Griffith Farran Browne & Co. Limited, London
Illustrations by Charles J. de Lacy. From the Boys’ Own Favourite Library series. The second novel in Kingstons series which began with ‘The Midshipmen’. A lovely copy in pictorial boardsand gilt edges.

Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time. By an extraordinary coincidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships alive when they are lieutenants. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, though retired, takes a great interest in their careers.
 
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Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas - Frederick Kohner

1957 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First Edition, First Printing
‘I’m writing this down because I once heard that when you’re getting older you’re liable to forget things and I’d sure be the most miserable woman in the world if I ever forgot what happened this summer’.

Meet
Gidget, (‘girl + midget = Gidget’) the plucky, bikini-clad, teenage girl who surfed her way into kitschy American pop culture in 1957 with her spirited tales of surfboards, waves, guys, hopes, and dreams. With illustrations by Ronald Wing.

The correct 1957 first printing [Bill McBride's Reference] in a first issue dust jacket with the letter "G" (for Gidget) above the 2.75 publisher's price on the dj flap. Author's photo on back of jacket.
 
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Illustrated Catalogue of the “Maze Collection” of Chinese Junk Models in the Science Museum, London, 1938 - Sir Frederick Maze

1939 - Science Museum, London [printed Shanghai] - First and only edition
A rare work detailing the unique collection of ten large-scale models of Chinese junks, presented to the Science Museum, London, by Sir Frederick Maze, inspector-general of Chinese customs in 1938. The models were built in Hong-Kong or Shanghai by Chinese craftsmen, under the supervision of George C.L. Worcester and are accurate replicas of these sailing craft in every detail, down to the shrines and household gods. They include examples with the magical eye on the prow.

Illustrated with 18 large photographic plates, detailing the ten junks of the collection and the Fukien Sea-Going Junk model donated to the Musée de la Marine in Paris.

This copy comes with three additional loose original photographs, property of the Science Museum, titled in pencil on the back: ‘
Chinese Lorcha’ (see ‘Lorcha’ plate), ‘Chinese Fish Carrying Boat from Ming Po, Broadside’ and ‘Hylain junk from China Draught and sail plan’ (see ’Model of Hainan Sea-going Junk’ plate and appendix 6). The work is missing the plate of the ‘South-China Sea-Going Junk’,

A presentation copy ‘
With the compliments of Sir Frederick Maze, Inspector General of Chinese Maritime Customs and Administrator of the Chinese Lighthouse Department. 1929-1943.’ We believe copies of this work were printed in a small number for Sir Frederick Maze, and the only other copy we have seen includes the same compliments slip. 
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Blow Ye Winds Heigh O! - A Yachting Story - A. Punt

Circa 1895 - Hunt & Co., London - First Edition Thus
With illustrations by C. A. Cox, and a rather pretty pictorial cover. Extremely scarce. Covers a series of racing adventures in a fictional ten-ton cutter named ‘Nereid’, through Belfast, Galloway, the Clyde, and the Scottish Highlands. Originally a series of stories for a yachting magazine. 
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Voyage Historique et Pittoresque de Paris a Rouen - B. Saint-Edme [Edme-Théodore Bourg]

1839 - Édouard Frère, Rouen - Deuxieme Édition
A lovely example of this little work, text in French, in publisher’s original blue wrappers, rare.

Detailing the historic sights along the River Seine and illustrated with six full page plates, and a large fold out map (37.5 x 14 cm) of the River Seine from Paris to Rouen. Some of the pages still uncut.

Edme Theodore Bourg, known under the pseudonym of St. Edme (1785-1852), was a Parisian polymath. After having been secretary of Marshal Berthier then commissioner of war under the First Empire, Bourg became a man of letters in civilian life. He was a member of the ‘Société des Gens de Lettres’. Alone or in collaboration with other authors, he published under the pseudonym "St. Edme" (also used by other writers, such as Jean-Joseph Regnault-Warin) of numerous books such as biographies, compilations and political pamphlets.
 
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An Ocean Cruise and Deep Water Regatta of the Pacific Yacht Club, July, 1884 - J. Sanderson, Gideon Denny (illustrator)

1884 - H.S. Crocker & Co., San Francisco - First Edition
Rare and superb large folio of this very detailed celebratory account of the first successful yacht race from San Francisco Bay to Santa Cruz and a subsequent regatta across Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey and back, it also includes a history of the club, lists of the members and a description of the fleet.

The glory of the work lies in the eight magnificent coloured lithographic plates by Gideon Denny (1830-1866), a renowned marine artist based in San Francisco. Denny's fine plates include five views of sailboats at sea during the races, one of the fleet anchored off Santa Cruz, one of the clubhouse and grounds of the Pacific Yacht Club at Sausalito, and one group portrait of the officers of the club.

Inscribed by hand to L.R. Jerome Esq. from Cornelius O’Connor the Treasurer of the Royal Pacific Yacht Club in 1884 (see plate opposite page 50). Lawrence R Jerome, an Honorary Member of the club, was a successful financier together with his brother Leonard (whose daughter become Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston’s mother), and they were instrumental in forming the New York Jockey Club. Leonard took a leading part in yachting, he gave a speech on behalf of America at Cowes, attended by the Queen. ‘
One of the natural leaders of a group of famous club men and wits whose reputation has never been equalled in New York’. 
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Price HK$ 62,000



 
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